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Published on March 2nd, 2014 | by Zachary Shahan


2 Key Slides On Why Electric Cars Make A Ton Of Sense

March 2nd, 2014 by  

As I stated in a previous article referencing his presentation, Francisco Carranza Sierra, Manager of Corporate Planning at Nissan Europe, gave probably the best presentation I saw at EVS27 in Barcelona in November. There were some complications getting his slides, but I received them this week and wanted to share three of the slides with you—two below and another in a coming post.

First, let’s look at something everyone is aware of but that still doesn’t get enough attention: hundreds of millions of people (wait… probably billions of people) have health problems related to air pollution. In Europe alone, about 40 million people (myself included, for sure) are exposed to “damaging” levels of air pollution. That’s something we have somehow come to accept. Why? It cuts our lives short and worsens our quality of life. If an invading country were causing the same damage to us, we’d be pouring billions or even trillions of dollars into a war to defeat it. Kudos to Francisco for bringing this up and speaking about it eloquently at EVS27.

health costs of pollution

Second is one that gets even less attention. We spend a massive amount of money every year (or even every day) on oil. (Update: I’m trying to clarify exactly what the country figures in the chart below represent. I will update this paragraph once I receive details on that.)

eur oil expensese per day

It’s incomprehensible. And so are the tremendous savings that would come from a shift to electric transport. Furthermore, if that electricity is generated by renewable energy sources, the net economic benefits for these countries would be transformational.

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Zach is tryin' to help society help itself (and other species) with the power of the word. He spends most of his time here on CleanTechnica as its director and chief editor, but he's also the president of Important Media and the director/founder of EV Obsession and Solar Love. Zach is recognized globally as a solar energy, electric car, and energy storage expert. He has presented about cleantech at conferences in India, the UAE, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, the USA, and Canada. Zach has long-term investments in TSLA, FSLR, SPWR, SEDG, & ABB — after years of covering solar and EVs, he simply has a lot of faith in these particular companies and feels like they are good cleantech companies to invest in. But he offers no professional investment advice and would rather not be responsible for you losing money, so don't jump to conclusions.

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